“Congrats! You’ve just Graduated!! So what are you going to do next?”


It’s that time of year again-Graduation time. Whether you’re an 8th grader, High School Senior, or even graduating College, you are embarking on a new journey of your life. With this being said, one of the most commonly asked questions that graduates receive is, “What are you going to do next?” Now we all have different answers to this question, some of us are very certain of our future plans, however, a vast majority of graduates are still very uncertain of what their futures will entail. I just recently concluded some very busy weeks of speaking at banquets, graduations, assemblies, teacher in-services, and more, and although my presentations were different in their style, each of them revolved around this question of what will the future hold. You see, to those who are uncertain about their future in school, church, organizations, college, career, or just life in general, it can be easy to lose sight of your goals and become discouraged because you feel like you lack direction. But whether you know it or not, you were meant to be Visionary. You were called to do great things regardless of what people say. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:18 that without a vision, the people perish. You have to have a vision for your life. But many times we lack vision, because we allow things to get in our way. Life is a highway, with speed bumps, detours, and obstacles, but you can’t allow these things to get in the way of your destination. Sometimes you are going to have to go the extra mile to reach your vision. You have to be willing to go the distance, the Distance of your Destiny. But where does your destiny lie? What is your purpose in life? Do you have a vision for your life? These are all questions that everyone have asked themselves at some point in their life. Visionary people don’t worry about what’s ahead, but instead they prepare for it. I tell people that Worry ends where Faith begins. The whole idea behind being visionary is all about believing in one’s future. We all have people in our lives who have believed in us over the years, whether it was a parent, coach, Ag Teacher, friend, relative, etc, these people who recognized our potential in something and sought to bring that potential to it’s fullest. That, my friends, is called being Visionary. It’s being able to set great goals, believing in it’s attainability, and working hard to achieve them. It’s embracing the idea that you can help usher in greatness. You have a Future, a Future that is bright, but we have to be willing to picture that Future and strive to make that vision a reality. So the next time you are approached with the question of what are you going to do next? I encourage you to be visionary and say, “I plan on doing something Great!”

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

4 thoughts on ““Congrats! You’ve just Graduated!! So what are you going to do next?””

  1. Exactly! Well said, Brandon. Keep pressing into your destiny! God will continue to make the way clear. It’s so cool how He opens doors !

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